'''Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley''' (née '''Godwin'''; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel literature|travel writer
, best known for her Gothic fiction|Gothic novel Frankenstein|''Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus''
(1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poetry|Romantic poet
and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley
. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin
, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft
After Wollstonecraft's death less than a month after her daughter Mary was born, Mary was raised by Godwin, who was able to provide his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his own liberal political theories. When Mary was four, her father married a neighbour, with whom, as her stepmother, Mary came to have a troubled...